Excerpt: I came on board to a new job where they had purchased this camera for me in advance. My previous experience was mostly with Panasonic P2 and DV/HDV. Right off the bat I noticed that even under great lighting, and with gain set to -6, there is undesirable noise in video. The content I produce plays back on an array of 9 1080p TVs (3x3), so the noise becomes overly apparent and quite shameful. In some cases I have filmed with a secondary camera, a Canon 60D DSLR.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Sound, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Summary: I got two XF100s for my event videography business and after 6 months of use I can definitely say that these should not be considered a professional video camera..But I'll start with the good. What I like about the camera: The camera body is very small and light. What I hate about this camera: The main problem with this camera is that it is almost unusable in anything close to low light. The Noise produced at even moderate gain settings is enormous.
Excerpt: First off I'll say that I'm rating this units performance in fully manual with a bout 8 years professional experience in pro level videography. These units have noticeable gain issues. Yes, even at 0 gain. The camera store rep was even lost for words. We lined up both the XF 100 and 105 live in the store and brought it to the mac only to be disappointed with desaturated, noisy image produced, especially in high contrast areas.
Excerpt: this camera have only single 1/3 imager and is no way the camcorder can perform like 3-chips camcorders. I have and i returned.1 single chip to put in this camcorder is big mistake to me. This is like put mopped engine in cadilac body.The first problem and crutial is the camcorder is producing noise big noise all the time, in the better lighting condition suny day noise is disolving to became water efects.I WAS CAMPARING TO MY SMOLL CAMCORDER SIDE BY SIDE COST [$] AND...
Pros: Easy to Use, Large Clear LCD
Cons: Limited Zoom, Poor Image Quality, Poor In Low Light, Poor Still Image